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4. Take collaborative action

How to start using your landscape plan and create a long-term finance and business development plan.

Actions lead to results. Results are needed to make a positive impact but also to justify further investment, enabling more action, results, and impact. The purpose of this element is to ensure the implementation of the interventions in the 4 Returns landscape plan. This is all about mobilising the inspirational, financial, and human capital that will allow your plan to happen. And it’s about coordination between the various stakeholders. Visionary leadership should enable participatory approaches and effective decision-making. 

Element 3 covered how to move from vision and planning to the action phase. This element is where the action starts. You’ll find deep dives into matters that become important in the action phase. The actions in your landscape restoration initiative depend on what your landscape needs, as outlined in the landscape plan. This section covers the most common themes and topics, but it’s not complete. For guidance on other topics, browse this 4 Returns platform. 

This section begins with landscape finance, which delves into essential concepts and financing options for a sustainable landscape restoration programme, including investments, philanthropy, government funding, and payments for ecosystem services (PES).

The next chapter, on carbon finance, targets carbon project developers looking to mix their projects into holistic landscape restoration programmes. It explains: the main rules of carbon project finance; its role in paying for environmental services; and its application in landscape restoration, within the 4 Returns carbon finance framework.

Moving forward, we explore regenerative business practices in a landscape context, drawing insights from developers experienced in the 4 Returns framework.

In the chapter, Regenerative agriculture, we trace its historical roots, outline core principles and practices, and examine areas of contention.

Lastly, the chapter on Policy Influencing underscores strategies and actions for advocating policy changes within national, regional, or international networks, as integral components of holistic landscape restoration efforts. 

Envisaged outcomes

  • Interventions included in the 4 Returns landscape plan are started. Implementation is tracked through generic and tailormade key performance indicators (see element 5). Stakeholder attention and momentum are ensured through a communications strategy.
  • Landscape investment portfolios are created to attract finance and investments. These are used to raise funds that support landscape goals.
  • Regenerative business case development. The outcome is achieved by sharing landscape investment projects with prospective funders from the private sector, governments, and philanthropists.

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